Pickup recommendations for an H-S-S configuration

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  1. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Member

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    Hey all -

    I have my eye on a guitar with an H-S-S pickup configuration, which is sort of uncharted territory for me. I'm probably going to want to swap out the stock pickups, but I've never had to shop for Strat-style single coils, or had to worry about how they'd balance with a humbucker.

    I like round, bell-like low end and sparkly high end, and I tend to favor pickups that are voiced a little on the aggressive side but without compromising the clarity. Is what I'm describing something that can be found in a Strat-style single coil? Any suggestions on a humbucker that might pair well?
     
  2. wye

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    Dommenget HBSC and Kloppmann 60s or Duncan Antiquity Surfer II...get Alnico 5 magnets and low wound sc...very very cool.

    The Fender Shawbucker and perhaps Suhr Thornbucker should also work, a friend tried the shawbucker and liked it....do not know these.
     
  3. FenderBigot

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    The Fralin SP43 fits that description. They lean towards the P90 sound but are still stratty IMHO.
     
  4. fenderjapan

    fenderjapan World Heavyweight Champion Silver Supporting Member

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    I would try the Dimarzio Virtual Vintage 54 Pro for the neck (Bell like to a tee), Area 67 in the middle (stratty, sounds good in the 2 and 4 positions), and a PAF Pro at the Bridge.
     
  5. ChampReverb

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    TV Jones makes several pickups (Filtertron style and a humbucker) that will sit in that humbucker slot very nicely. The Humbucker sized ones (Classic, Powertron) and Univeral (or English) Mount ones (get the pickup rings) will fit humbucker slots.

    I put Supertrons in my SG and I have TV Classics in my 6120. Both are very rock’n’roll with a sweet and gritty chime.

    -bEn r.
     
  6. OotMagroot

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    My favorite HSS setup, to date is a Duncan '59 with two Texas Specials. I like the mids of the TSs and they pair up nicely with the 59. Plus, the TSs still have enough of that bell like tone played clean.
     
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    I had one with 2 Texas Specials and a Duncan 59 Custom Hybrid. It was a very nice combination. Alternatively, I would consider Pearly Gates for the bridge.

    Also, I would stir far away from Fender's "Atomic" humbucker (comes stock in some Fender HSS models). It is horrid.
     
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  8. Paul Conway

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    Zexcoil Vintage Hot or SV5 for the sC's
     
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    Seymour Duncan JB and two Texas Specials.
     
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    This thread is interesting, following
     
  11. Mincer

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    One option would be 2 Classic Strat Stacks, with a 59/Custom Hybrid. Great blend, and noiseless as well. I did a variation of this setup on a Warmoth I built.
     
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    I think I took Mincer's advice on this thing and put a Duncan Custom with an Alnico 2 Pro single coil in the middle and a Quarter Pounder in the neck. It's a great mix for my Jake E Lee inspired partscaster.
     
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    On my Suhr Classic, I went with a DSV (dual screw vintage) bridge and V60lp's neck/middle. The DSV isn't overpowering, and also sounds very good in parallel mode. I did not split position #2 and it works for me well. I normally run the DSV in parallel mode until I need a bit more punch for a solo, then I flip it to series.
     
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    JB bridge, SSL-1 rwrp middle, SSL-1 neck. Balances great, and will give you a TON of tonal versatility.
     
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    Agree with PAF Pro on the bridge, but if you want something darker, try Breed.

    For the neck pickup, I'd say Air Norton if you want a double coil, single sized, but voiced like a single. If you want a single-coil with hum-cancelling, any of the virtual pickups will do.

    I don't use the middle pickup a lot so I don't have any to suggest. But again, the DiMarzio virtual pickups are really good.
     
  16. wye

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    If you want the real deal sc i.e. sparkly bell like high end and deep contoured low end and dynamics, forget the mentioned jb, air norton, ssl-1 and texas special pus, I had these.....sound horrible in this regard.
    SRV never played Texas Specials, he used low output sc......to add his typical midrange he used a ts.

    A problem using a HB with single coils, often there is a volume boost and midrange honk cutting highs and lows when switching to the HB (bridge)......Dommenget HBSC Bridge with a Stratmann (Germany) or Kloppmann 60s (Germany) or Duncan Surfer II are perfectly balanced....Stratmann A5 the most open sounding, a touch louder, Kloppmann a slightly more aggressive midrange......all three are very very good and priced accordingly....worth the money.

    P90 are also a good idea.....most are too hot.....
    Overwound HBs (Paf pro, Air Norton, Jb) do not fit with vintage single coils...frequency and output wise.

    Really aggressive is not a term I would associate with a Dommenget HBSC, nor my favourite mentioned single coils.
     
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  17. OotMagroot

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    Another set I liked was the one that came in the Yamaha Ty Tabor signature model. JB in the bridge - Duncan Vintage Rails in the neck and middle.

    On the DiMarzio side, I LOVED the combo of... Air Zone in the bridge - Cruisers in the middle and neck.

    The Texas Specials that I mentioned previously have more mids than the two noiseless pickups I just mentioned, but less volume - but the TS's seem to have a mojo and sweetness that I like.
     
  18. TonemanCA

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    A real warm not too hot PAF style in the bridge and slightly overwound 60's style Strats. I think those blend pretty well I've got the an HSS Blues set from Tone Specific and they told me it was like a 50's Humbucker + 60 singles.

    I went through a lot of pickups getting that HSS Strat to balance. I tried a lot of off of the shelf stuff and it all sounded pretty good but it never the Humbucker and single never mixed just right. I would contact whoever your favorite maker of pickups is and ask them to make you a matched set.
     
  19. ReddRanger

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    I second the Pearly Gates suggestion. It worked well for me in a Strat using a 250k volume and no tone pot. Basically the stock Strat harness with a PG humbucker in the bridge.
     
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  20. drbob1

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    Mine is the pair of cool rails and a Seth Lover that I put in my Nightfly years ago. Nice volume balance and pretty authentic single coil sounds without the noise.
     

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